Self harm epidemic, part 1

4 03 2014

This is the first part of a documentary about self-harm. It`s a scientific video that show that self-harm is more common than we think. We follow people who have harmed themselves, and who receive treatment with mindfulness. We see how the brain activity changes as their skills for regulating emotions develop.


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Social psychology basics: Categorization

19 01 2014
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Lifting old thoughts from dusty ruts. Polishing them carefully before putting them on a display. It will be a proper display with matching, beautiful colors that shine along with their value. 
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Most of the time, we use only one end or the other of a contrast at a time.  These ends are called characteristics or, especially in reference to the characteristics of people,  traits.   But at the other end there will always be a contrast.

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Things float without a systemlways there, lurking in the background.  You can’t have one without the other — good without bad, up without down. Please note that these contrast need not be verbal:  My cat knows the difference between the expensive cat food and the cheap stuff, yet can’t tell you about it;  an infant contrasts between mommy and non-mommy; wild animals contrast safe areas and dangerous ones, etc.  Even adult humans sometimes “just know” without being about to say — unconscious contrasts, if you like:  what is it about that person that you like or dislike?

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Contrasts don’t just float around independently, either.  We interrelate and organize them.  For example, we can  define  a category:  “Women are adult female human beings.”  Or we can go a step further and organize things into  taxonomies,  those tree-like structures we come across in biology:  A Siamese is a kind of cat, which is a kind of carnivore, which is a kind of mammal, which is a kind of vertebrate..
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Or we can put contrasts into more temporal structures, like  rules.   These are often called schemas or scripts.  You can find explicit examples in books about card games, etiquette, or grammar; but you know quite a few rule systems yourself, even if they have become so automatic as to be unconscious!
Not all organization of contrasts are so tightly structured.  We can  describe  something:  “Women are delicate.”  As the example is intended to suggest, descriptions, as opposed to definitions, need not be true!   Beliefs  are similar to, but looser than, taxonomies.  Whereas birds definitely (i.e. by definition) are vertebrates and have feathers, it is only my belief that they all fly — I could be wrong!  Stereotypes are examples of beliefs; so are opinions.  But some beliefs are so strongly held that we see them as definite.
There are also  narratives — the stories we have in our minds.  These are temporal, like rules, but are amazingly flexible.  They can be a matter of remembered personal experiences, or memorized history lessons, or pure fiction.  I have a suspicion that these contribute greatly to our sense of identity, and that animals don’t have them to the degree we do.

          Good evening dear followers. Cheers from mirrorgirl

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Plastic fantastic

7 06 2013

Neuroplasticity: the incredible, flexible brain
Your brain has the innate ability to physically change itself when faced with new, challenging experiences. This ability is called neuroplasticity.

Your brain’s billions of neurons — its cellular building blocks — interact with each other in complex ways. Signals travel from one neuron to another down intricate neural pathways whose structures determine your thoughts, impulses, emotions, insights, and more.
82e286270dbd7d085204a944fe240ce7As our brains develop throughout childhood, these neural pathways change: less-used pathways are pruned away while pathways that you use regularly grow stronger. Every task you do relies on a different neural pathway.
Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to create new neural pathways and reshape existing ones, even as an adult. Your brain makes these small changes naturally throughout your lifetime. But when neuroplasticity’s potential is thoughtfully and methodically explored, this physical reorganization can make your brain faster and more efficient at performing all manner of tasks — no matter how large or small they may be.

A rich body of resarch on neuroplasticity
The principle of neuroplasticity suggests that anyone can improve their brain, no matter what their age or background. And a growing body of research adds more credence to this concept every day.

Recently, Dr. Florian Schmiedek from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development found that both younger people (in their 20s) and older adults (between 60-80) who completed working memory training showed far-reaching improvements in broad cognitive abilities (Schmiedek, et al., 2010). Working memory is your ability to efficiently hold and manipulate ideas in your head.
A study of over 2,000 elderly adults in 2002 suggests that even older brains have plenty of room to improve and learn (Ball, et al., 2002). After spending 10 hours over 8badc05312854ed310fbba54cb6ee6cathe course of six weeks, 87% of elderly participants who completed speed of processing training gained skills that transferred to real-world abilities: they self-reported experiencing less decline in their ability to perform basic daily activities.
And finally, Lumos Labs collaborated with Stanford and San Francisco State University researchers to publish a groundbreaking study showing that healthy adults benefit from web-based cognitive training (Hardy et al., 2011). Participants in this peer-reviewed controlled trial saw 20% improvements in visual attention and 10% improvements in working memory.

The body of evidence behind neuroplasticity and brain training is constantly growing.

Brain training has the potential to change lives
Neuroplasticity can have wide-ranging applications if properly and carefully explored. Researchers have used brain training to rehabilitate patients with brain trauma, chemofog, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and more.
But healthy people also use brain training to sharpen their daily lives and keep their brains active.







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